In our last post, we discussed how the Pathfinder Laser makes the TURP procedure more comfortable for patients because it is minimally invasive and requires much less recovery time. In this post, we will look at the science behind this innovative soft tissue laser and discuss how it works more in-depth.
In plain terms, the laser can only interact with tissue in the presence of something called a photo-receptor molecule – a molecule capable of absorbing the photonic energy emitted by the laser. The higher the absorption of the laser light in the molecule, the greater the interaction. The prostate is a ‘soft tissue’ gland and the Pathfinder 980nm diode laser specifically targets water in soft tissue (soft tissue is comprised of more than 70% water). This results in more efficient and effective interaction and hence ‘ablation’ or vaporization of the prostate, which means that treatment time is drastically reduced.
The Pathfinder is also much safer to use because its efficient targeting method results in less collateral thermal effect on the surrounding healthy tissue. The specific light emitted by the laser precisely controls depth of penetration and practically eliminates the risk of the laser inadvertently interacting with any of the surrounding healthy tissue.
More Efficient Technology
Not only is the Pathfinder an innovative treatment for reducing recovery times and maximizing patient comfort, but it also makes it possible for laser BPH to be done in-office rather than in the hospital. The Pathfinder is manufactured to be energy efficient, compact, and portable, and it runs on standard 110V electricity. It is also cost-effective and can be used as an alternative for multiple surgical procedures. Its portability allows it to be easily transported between locations.
To learn more about the Pathfinder Laser and its applications, contact our team at Surgical Lasers, Inc.
Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate, also known as TURP, is a surgical procedure used to treat an enlarged prostate. Enlarged prostates can cause frequent urges to urinate, difficulty urinating, slow urination, frequent urination at night, inability to completely empty your bladder, and urinary tract infections. Blocked urine flow due to the enlarged prostate can also affect kidney and bladder function, cause inability to control urination, bladder stones, blood in your urine, or an inability to urinate. TURP is the traditional surgical procedure used to combat these complications of prostate enlargement.
The Traditional TURP Surgical Procedure
The traditional TURP surgical procedure is done by inserting a device called a resectoscope into the tip of the penis through the urethra to the prostate gland where the surgeon can trim excess tissue from the prostate which is blocking urine flow, piece by piece. These pieces are removed at the end of the operation. After the procedure, patients will likely be in the hospital for at least 1 to 2 days and rely on a catheter to urinate for 24 to 48 hours or more until the swelling goes down and bleeding subsides. Patients may also experience irritating symptoms post-op, like blood in your urine, painful urination, or frequent urges to urinate. These symptoms typically last six to eight weeks.
The Laser TURP Procedure
With the help of a TURP laser, this procedure is equally effective and far less invasive. The Pathfinder Laser can perform the TURP procedure in a minimally invasive way, and as an outpatient procedure in a surgical suite or office rather than in the hospital. The benefits of using laser treatment for this surgery are significant:
- This treatment is minimally invasive, resulting in increased patient comfort.
- Significantly less bleeding.
- Decreased recovery times.
- Immediate symptom relief.
- Long-term results.
- No requirement for overnight stay.
- Shorter catheter time required post-op.
For more information about how the Pathfinder can improve patient comfort and treatment efficacy, contact the team at Surgical Lasers, Inc. today.
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Prostate gland enlargement or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition in older men. This condition can cause bladder and urinary tract infections, kidney problems, and can block the flow of urine by compressing the urethra. Treatments range from medications to surgery, but treating BPH with lasers is one of the most minimally-invasive and effective treatments available.
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